Suppressing technology will not feed Hawaii or the world

Roseanne Barr would like to burn down my papaya farm in Hawaii.

The wealthy actress said so earlier this month, during a public hearing on Hawaii Bill 79, proposed legislation that would outlaw growing genetically modified crops on the Big Island.

“For the people who make their living growing GMOs, you know everybody here is very giving and they probably would bend over backwards to help you burn those papayas and grow something decent,” said Barr, who moved to Hawaii after making her fortune in Hollywood.

Barr speaks for a movement of political activists who want to wipe out modern farming in Hawaii. They’re trampling on science, violating the rights of farmers, and ignoring an incredible success story.

Papayas are one of Hawaii’s great crops. I’ve grown them for four decades on Oahu. My family is so connected to the fruit that there’s even a variety named after us: the “Kamiya papaya.

Read the full story here: Suppressing Technology Will Not Feed Hawaii or the World

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